The Bear Facts
April 18, 2008

Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

And I'm Rebeccah Erdman! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Next Wednesday at Garrigan we'll have Stewardship Day. This an annual event where we take a day off from the normal routine to do a variety of service projects. Some people will be doing spring cleaning in the school, others will be getting the athletic fields in top shape, and others will be out in the community, doing stewardship projects in the local parishes and in homes of people who need special assistance.

One of the longest-running service projects we have at Garrigan is Adopt-a-Highway. For seventeen years now the Bears have been keeping Sexton beautiful by cleaning up the stretch of highway 18 for one mile either side of Racers. This is one of the longest-running Adopt-a-Highway projects in the state, and a few years back Garrigan won a volunteerism award from the state of Iowa for its long-term effort in litter control.

After the Stewardship Day projects are done, the big event next Wednesday is the intramural basketball championship. Favored to win it all this year are the defending champions, a team captained by Nick Berte. Nick's teammates are Peyton Schindler, Shane Koob, Ben Golwitzer, Jake Grein, Kent Recker, Chris Gelhaus, Mike Garman, and Lee Brashear. Also still in the race is a team of mostly sophomores captained by Mike Mergen. His team includes Dylan Kollasch, Joe Golwitzer, Elijah Gelhaus, Bryan Berte, D.J. Beletti, Nick Foertsch, D.J. Thompson, and Mark Poeppe. We'll fill you in on the winners on next week's show.

Golf is into full swing, and the Golden Bear girls are hoping to continue their dynasty with a five-peat as state champions in 2008. Returning veterans on the squad are seniors Alyssa Berte, Taryn Vitzthum, and Melissa Cruise. Backing them up are juniors Kristina Schiltz, Ashley Beisch, Mandy Kohlhaas, Jade Kajewski, and Beth Kollasch; plus freshmen Kelsie Berke, Laura Richter, Miranda Gisch, Ryya Kuum, and Paige Fox.

Dean Capesius coaches both girls and boys golf at Garrigan. This year's boys team includes seniors Colby Krieps, Nick Berte, Garrett Elbert, and Ben Golwitzer; together with juniors Jimmy Geelan, Brad Richter, Alex Dodds, David Miller, and Chris Kellner. The sophomores out for golf are Bryan Berte, Luke McCall, Mike Mergen, Austin Wolf, Brandon Doughan, Jordan Springer, and Dylan Kollasch. Rounding out the team are freshmen Tyler Lallier, Logan Smith, Alex Hamilton, Andrew Schiltz, and Andrew Behr. Good luck all season long, golfers!

The coming week is busy for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. Eleven Bears got up early this morning to head south to Iowa State University for the National Academic Quiz Tournament state championship. With the field dominated by 4-A schools from as far away as Davenport, we're not sure how well Garrigan will do, but we know they'll give it their best shot. Competing today are Ethan Dahlhauser, Shane Koob, Mark Poeppe, Jacob Zittritsch, and Brent Kajewski; as well as Joe Straub, Vince Cruise, Brittany Berte, Becky Erdman, Anna Kollasch, and Jake Rosenmeyer.

Also coming up is spring Knowledge Master competition. Next Wednesday the quiz bowl team will be competing against schools from all over the United States in an online quiz that features 200 questions from all fields of knowledge. Both the ISU and Knowledge Master competitions will give the Bears practice for their big event, when they compete at the National Academic Championships this summer.

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Allison Missal and Ben Golwitzer. Here to tell you about them is Katrina Even.

Allison Missal has been active in speech all through high school, and you may remember her performances in Bye, Bye Birdie or The Great All-American Musical Disaster. She's also in band, and she keeps busy with Christian Leadership and National Honor Society. Allison will be off to the University of Iowa in the fall, and we wish her all the best.

We've already mentioned Ben Golwitzer's name twice on this week's show-once for golf and once for intramural basketball. Ben has used his height to become the top scorer in intramurals, with 167 points so far this season-an average of 19 points per game. He won the Golden Bear pride award in baseball last summer. Ben is going to Hawkeye Community College in the fall, and we wish him good luck!

On our Golden Bear calendar, there's quiz bowl today in Ames. Tuesday there's boys track at Emmetsburg, girls track in Forest City, and the golf teams take on Iowa Falls.

Wednesday is Stewardship Day. After the service projects are done we'll dismiss at noon that day for teacher in-service in the afternoon. The quiz bowl team will have the Knowledge Master, and the intramural championships will be played that afternoon.

Thursday the track teams run at Armstrong. Then on Friday the golf teams take on Eagle Grove and the boys track team runs at Hampton.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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